Tips to Prevent Decking Delays

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Anyone that has tried to pull off a proper decking job understands exactly why so many of these projects go unfinished. Not only do they require the proper knowledge and skill set to plan perfectly, but also the know-how and specialised tools to implement those designs to perfection. This is why competent decking installers are such a highly priced service right now, and why they are so frequently able to command the very high fees for custom work, however as in any such industry there are always going to be “rogues”.

Of course, those kind of issues just aren’t going to fly if you are a reasonable and responsible homeowner – nor should you let them. There are a handful of things you can do all on your own to ensure that your decking installers absolutely love you as a client, and bend over backwards to guarantee that you get the very highest quality work even in the tightest deadlines. No matter how complex your decking ideas are, you can forget having to deal with all of those last minute issues or tasks that were initially planned for weeks and that have somehow stretched into months and months, just by following the details below.

Keep Your Decking Area Clean and Free of Obstructions

One of the biggest reasons that decking projects are so often derailed as far as deadlines go simply has to with on site clutter. Now, it’s certainly not your responsibility to go around and pick up after everyone working on your project, but if you’re able to prep the site and remove any major obstacles ahead of time the gesture will definitely be appreciated.

Try to cut back any overgrown bushes, clear the ground of any major obstructions, remove any lawn furniture or ornaments, and just generally prepare the area to be converted as best you possibly can. For the less your installers have to do once they arrive on site, the quicker they can be finished and you can start enjoying your new decking. For smaller gardens, it may be a case of moving objects to the side and out of the way of the main workspace if you cannot physically moved them elsewhere.

Whilst you may not be able to deal with all obstructions by yourself, the fact that you have went to such great lengths to give them a clean and obstruction free workspace is going to command a great deal of respect, throw in a cuppa or two and you’re golden! This is not the kind of benefit that they are often awarded, and it’s the first step in making sure that you both have a fantastic working relationship.

Keeping the Lines of Communication Open

Another major issue that decking projects have to contend with as far as deadlines go is not having a clear outline of exactly what needs to be taken care of and communication lines that are anything but free and clear.

If you can put down in writing all of the details that you want taking care of ahead of time and make sure that you go over each and every one of them with your decking service, before they arrive on site, you should have no trouble getting the results you’re looking for. This is the kind of simple step that could take all of 20 to 30 minutes of prep time, but help you make sure that your deck is delivered ahead of schedule rather than after weeks and weeks of delays.

You’ll also want to make sure that you are responding quickly to the communications of your decking company – but will also want to verify and ensure that they afford you the same respect. Communication is a two-way street, and if you find that your phone calls, emails, or messages are being ignored or slow to be delivered you absolutely must speak up. After all, this is your project, your money, and your new deck – and at the end of the day you are the one calling all the shots.

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